Q • What are the benefits of upgrading my kitchen?
A • According to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, homeowners’ desire to be — and entertain — at home can increase by more than 82 percent after kitchen renovations. One of the best ways to refresh the kitchen is to complete upgrades that will impress guests and increase efficiency and style. Love your kitchen even more with updated technology and smart décor to help you get the most out of your space. Here are a few benefits of making functional kitchen upgrades.
Cut clean-up time
Smart home technology is part of the next generation of home improvement, and 91 percent of people who own smart home devices would recommend them to others. The latest smart home updates help keep the kitchen cleaner — leaving more time to spend with your family or work on your favorite hobby. These high-tech finishes do the work for you so your kitchen always looks great. Consider installing smart faucets that turn on and off with just a tap of a finger. They also resists water spots, fingerprints and stains to help keep your kitchen tidy longer. Look into faucets that also have antimicrobial protection to prevent odor-causing bacteria.
Reduce energy use
New smart lighting solutions are simple DIY upgrades that can cut down on energy costs. Occupancy sensors are an easy and cost-efficient way to add automated lighting to the home. These sensors can help save up to 50 percent in lighting energy costs — which is great for the kitchen, where lights are frequently left on.
You can install occupancy sensors in less than 30 minutes. You’ll need mounting hardwire and wire connectors that come with the sensors, a Phillips-head and flat-head screwdriver, wire cutters and electrical tape. After identifying which light switch you want to replace with the occupancy sensor, be sure to turn the power off at the circuit breaker. Then test the switch to make sure it’s off before continuing. The Home Depot’s Youtube Channel has videos to help you install the new lighting.
An occupancy sensing dimmer is another option for the kitchen. It gradually turns lights on and off as you enter and leave the room, allowing your eyes to adjust to the new light level. It can also be customized to detect daylight, so lights don’t turn on when there’s enough natural light in the kitchen.
Maximize the space
From cooking to entertaining, it’s important that the kitchen stays organized and can be a versatile space. Maximize storage with kitchen cabinetry that is just as beautiful as it is versatile. Look for cabinetry that’s durable and offers convenient storage space. Some collections can easily be customized with adjustable shelves and a range of finishes to match your home décor.
The latest breakthroughs in countertops will help give you peace of mind that your investment will last through the wear and tear from your family. Scratch and stain-resistant countertops incorporate style and functionality into any kitchen without worry they’ll need to be replaced. Dekton countertops are perfect for a busy kitchen because they are highly resistant to scratching and abrasion and available in a wood, concrete or natural-stone look.